Friday, July 22, 2011
Armenian Cucumbers and Peanuts
This winter, I asked each customer to share seeds from their home-country favorites. Putting the seed in the dirt, watering and watching them grow has been the easy part. I didn't anticipate how tricky it would be to know when to harvest. I happily presented my Slavik friend with the first fruit of her contribution, to which she wrinkled up her nose and said, "Too big! Too big!" These "yard-long" cucumbers are actually best if harvested before they get a yard long, according to my customer. Altho they taste just like our Southern varieties, they don't turn dark green, their skin is never peeled before eating and they are naturally burpless.
I am learning so much. Sometimes I wish I had selected a different major in college so I wouldn't be such a late bloomer (bad pun!). However, much of the joy is in the timely discovery of these morsels of knowledge. O, the wonder of creation!